Larner College of Medicine Commencement
Class of 2019


The Ceremony

Time & Place

Sunday, May 19, 2019
Ira Allen Chapel
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Doors will open at 2:00 pm for guests.

Students will line up at 2:00 pm - Billings B165


Tickets will be available online to degree candidates only in early April.

Tickets will be available to reserve at a link sent to each degree candidate's UVM email (not their email account). Each degree candidate is eligible to receive up to 6 tickets. 

Have more questions? Check out Ticket FAQ here.

Degree Candidate Participation

Degree candidates do not need to participate in the Robert Larner, M.D. College of Medicine Commencement Ceremony.

If degree candidates wish to participate in the Robert Larner, M.D. College of Medicine Commencement Ceremony, they must wear full UVM Larner College of Medicine regalia with a robe, hood, tam, and tassel.

Overflow Seating

Overflow seating is available for guests without tickets at Billings-Ira Allen Lecture Hall. The ceremony will be viewed on a large-screen display in a comfortable air-conditioned seating area.

All guests in overflow seating are invited to the reception that immediately follows the ceremony and tickets are not needed for either the overflow seating or the reception. Overflow seating is available on a day-of, first-come first-serve basis.

For those unable to make it to campus, a live webcast with be streamed from the Larner College of Medicine website.


For students: All degree candidates must have purchased their UVM Larner College of Medicine full regalia including gown, tam with tassel, and hood from the UVM Bookstore no later than February 4, 2019. Degree candidates click here to order regalia.

For faculty: All faculty who are walking in the procession must wear full regalia. If a faculty member plans on attending but does not have their own regalia, they can rent regalia through the UVM Bookstore. For more information please contact Faculty regalia rental orders must be placed no later than May 1, 2019.

Hooding & Guest Hooders

Hooding is a part of the Commencement ceremony immediately prior to when each graduate receives their diploma. As each graduating student's name is called, they ascend the stage and are seated on the "hooding stool." A doctoral hood is then placed over their head by either Dr. Tania Berstch and Dr. Christa Zehle or by Dr. Zehle and a guest hooder of their choosing. They then receive their diploma and descend from the stage. Please take a moment to review the instructional hooding video here

Drs. Zehle and Bertsch are traditionally the hooders for the UVM Larner College of Medicine Commencement Ceremony, but students are allowed to invite a guest hooder if they wish. Please read more about who can be a guest hooder and what guest hooders will need to know prior to the day of Commencement here>>

ADA Accommodations and Accessible Parking Requests

Participants or guests with disabilities and those who are Visually Impaired, Deaf, Hard of Hearing or Deaf-Blind are requested to make arrangements for accommodations for parking, amplification, captioning, and interpreters by completing the online ADA Accommodations and Accessible Parking Request Form. This form and additional information will be available shortly.

Service Animals

If a participant or guest will be accompanied by a Service Animal, they should thoroughly review the University of Vermont's Service and Emotional Support Animals Operating Procedure prior to this event. Questions concerning this University Operating Procedure can be directed to the Americas with Disabilities Act/504 Coordinator at 802-656-0945 or

ASL Interpreters and Live Captioning

Please visit the UVM Commencement website here for information about ASL Interpreters and live captioning (CART: Communication Access Realtime Translation).

Please note that all ceremonies will have live captioning but if a guest requires an ASL interpreter they should complete the online ADA Accommodations & Accessible Parking Request form.

Seating Assistance and More

Please consider your mobility needs for the day. Ceremonies and receptions are generally a short walk or shuttle bus ride apart. UVM will have a limited number of wheelchairs available to transport individuals at each ceremony venue between the venue’s main entrance and their seat (please note, guests will not be able to remain in the transport wheelchair as UVM is unable to provide a wheelchair for all-day use). At the end of the ceremony, please locate an usher (wearing a yellow vest) to return with a wheelchair for assistance. If a wheelchair is needed for the full day, we recommend checking with local area vendors (PDF) for availability. For other accommodations and requests, please refer to our ADA Accommodations and Accessible Parking Request Form.

Where to Stay

Please be aware: Out of town guests should be aware that the Commencement Ceremony for the Larner College of Medicine will be occurring on the same day as the main UVM Commencement undergraduate ceremony. As such, area hotels, bed and breakfasts, AirBnBs, etc. will fill up quickly. We strongly encourage you to book accommodations as soon as possible.

For information about accommodations and where to stay, please visit:

Parking & Shuttle Buses

Below are some important traveling and parking tips to ensure that you and your guests will have a safe and enjoyable experience:

  • We strongly recommend carpooling. Everyone will benefit.
  • Due to the anticipated volume of traffic in the area, expect delays during peak times and pay special attention to the directions of Enforcement Officers, traffic patterns, directional signs, and traffic cones.
  • If your lodging area provides shuttle service to the University, it is highly recommended that you take advantage of this service. Assigned drop-off areas for this mode of transportation are conveniently located close to ceremonies.
  • Graduates, guests, and participants of the Larner College of Medicine Commencement Ceremony are welcome to park in the Given Lot.
  • Shuttle buses will run every 10 minutes from designated bus stops at Patrick Gym, Royall Tyler Theatre, Given Lot, Jeffords Lot, Davis Center Oval, and the Catamount East Lot from 7:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Disabled parking is available at the College Street Lot, Votey Lot, Jeffords Lot, Gutterson Lot and Gutterson Garage, and the Catamount East Lot.
  • Do not park on area residential streets. Parking on area residential streets is allowable by city-issued permit only. Violators will be subject to City of Burlington policy of ticketing and towing vehicles parked in these areas.
  • Do not park in the UVM Medical Center Garage. The UVM Medical Center Garage is reserved for patients and visitors of the UVM Medical Center.

Commencement Livestream

The Commencement Ceremony for the Larner College of Medicine Class of 2019 will be livestreamed for guests who are unable to attend in person.

Watch the livestream here.

The Reception

Sunday, May 19, 2019 (immediately following the ceremony)
The Grand Maple Ballroom, UVM Davis Center
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Students in the Larner College of Medicine Class of 2019, their guests, and College faculty are invited to a reception immediately following the ceremony.


2019 UVM Ceremonies

UVM Main Ceremony

  • May 19, 2019 - 8:20 am

UVM Graduate College Ceremony

  • May 18, 2019 - 12:30 pm

Past Commencement Photos, Videos & More

May 20, 2018

Commencement 2017

Future Larner College of Medicine Commencement Dates

  • Sunday, May 17, 2020